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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cheerio's In My Bed

Thursday after a very long day of driving (approximately 250 miles) I was extremely tired and all I wanted was to get home, take a bath, have a glass of wine, and go to bed.  When you are a single parent of an 18 month old (Yes, she is 18 months old!!!!!) the odds of that happening is zero.  Instead, I picked up Angel from my Mom’s house and as soon as we got home I changed my clothes and we headed outside like we do everyday.  Angel has a play set on the front yard that has a swing and slides.  The front yard is also littered with a little tykes car, a red tricycle, balls, and other play paraphernalia.  The neighborhood kids now love to gather in my yard and play with all this stuff and Angel.  After playing for a while Angel decided that she wanted to go for a walk around the cul de sac (the child defiantly has a mind of her own.  She enjoys going on walks, picking up sticks and yelling, “I got it!”)  I digress, so off she went and as usual I followed right beside her.  Before we got past our neighbors house I looked and I had 6 children following behind me. One was on a bike, another on the tricycle, the rest were just marching with us.  It was like our own little parade.  A boy named Daniel held Angel’s hand as we walked and made conversation with me.  I realized that I was carrying on with a 6 year old.  When we got back side walk chalk was found and now I have smiley face doodles along with the names of various children on my sidewalk.  After an intense afternoon of playing, dinner time, bath time, and I got all of my evening work completed it was finally time for me to do what I had wanted to do since I got home….Sleep!  I crawled in my bed and as I did I heard a crunch and felt crumbs under my shoulder. Cheerio’s in my bed.  I sighed for a minute thinking how did I get here?  This was not how I planned my life.  I am sure many people have had these moments in their life.  As I lay there thinking about what I had planned and how it turned out, I was thankful that I am not the one in control of my destiny.  I ate the Cheerio’s and fell asleep thanking God for knowing what is best for me.

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